Do you always frame your art the same way or are you open to options?
Much of my art is small in scale, intimate would be a better description. I am always looking for ways to make pieces look more substantial on a wall, but still have the work as the main focus. There are lots of ideas on the web, but many of them are a little too folksy or crafty and would end up drawing attention away from the work. Here are some of my favourites.
White Double Frame
|Double white frame with a white backer board|
photo: Margaret Ryall
I saw this idea in a small gallery in Cornwall, GB this past summer. Many of the paintings were seascapes and I thought the white double framing certainly helped to enhance the pristine blues in the work. I liked it so much I use it with modifications to display my sky and sea encaustic series in a show at the Leyton Gallery last fall.
It didn't hurt that I just have to dream it up and hubby can make it for me.
|Sea and Sky series, 2013 Leyton Gallery. Margaret Ryall|
2. Silver Leaf Mat
|Silver leaf mat|
I saw this on Joss and Main shopping site and thought it had possibilities for displaying small work. I think silver leaf is used here but you could also adhere paper to the surface and finish with acrylic medium. The four together make a nice pairing. You could also frame all four in one large frame.
3. White frame with traditional mat
|Floated landscape matted and framed in light colours|
I must say I like this presentation You have to admit you really notice the art work even thought it is small.
4. Multiples in one frame
|9 works in one frame|
I know! Another white frame. I like how these black and white works show so well together because your eye is contained by the frame. They can be differing depths too which comes in handy.
5. Connected frames
Do you have any thoughts on these framing ideas ? Would you use any of them ?